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Page 6 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, December 31, 2015 Sarah Nyma Smith was in Baton Rouge on Wednesday, December 23, where she joined her son, David A. Smith, at his recently opened restaurant, Canefield Tavern, for an early Christmas visit and a luncheon honoring her aunt, Naomi Flowers, who celebrated her 101st birthday on Tuesday. Chocolate strawberry cake was served following lunch. WA |TE Susan Rayburn and Leisa Boteler, beth of Florence, spent the Christmas holidays with their mother, Phyllis Geter. V~ting over the holidays in Livingston, New Jersey with Michelle Spell and Jonathan were Mr. Brian Spell and Mr. and Mrs. Louis Flaccomio. Mrs. Rosemary Spell re- turned Monday from a week's visit in Van Alstyne, Texas, with her son, Wyndel Spell, Jr., and Charlotte Self While there they enjoyed taking in the Christmas sights in Dal- las, the high point being the beautifully decorated Galleria with a holiday ice skating rink. They had fun attending the Medieval Times dinner and the Visiting over the holidays in show, which was complete with the home of Mn and Mrs. Zach- horses and jousting. The best ary Whetstone and Lewis were treat was waking up to a white Miss Kathleea Rouprich of Clin- Christanas, even if it was a few ten and Mr. Woody Reilly, Miss days late! Jessica Kolwe and Mr. August Morris, all of New Orleans. A holiday visitor in the home of Dr. and Mrs. Bob Lewis and Visiting over the holidaysBenjamin and Jamie was Miss with Mr. and Mrs. Glen Whet- Susan Elizabeth Morris of New stone and Glen Ray were Mr. Orleans. Jamie Lewis returned Russell McCarty, Jr., of Seaside, Tuesday from Charlotte, North Florida, and his guest, Pili. Carolina, where she visited with Sarah Rollins, Coleman At home over the holidays Evans and MK Barker, friends with his mother, Mrs. Ann Me- from her summers at Camp I1- Dowell, was Morgan Paisley of lahee in Brevard, North Care- Riverside, ]llinds. lina. • • [ Natchez Salvage & Pads, Inc. buy new when used will do? USED AUTO & TRUCK PARTS Buy Here! Pay Here! USED AUTOS 601-442-3626 or Toll Free 1-800-759-0631 Waste Pro will be running a NORMAL SCHEDULE for the New Year's Holiday 3961~ Liberty Road Natchez, MS 39120 Main: 601.361.9967 Bang From Fireworks As Dangerous As Burns When your child has a fire- works war with a friend who throws a package of sizzling firecrackers at his or her feet, should your main worry be a trip to the ER for burns? Your child's hearing may be just as endangered, experts at the University of Mississippi Medical Center say. Just one fireworks exposure dose to a person's ears can cause irre- versible damage with lifelong repercussions. Noise levels are measured in dedbels. According to the Amer- ican Speech-Language Hearing Assodation, sounds louder than 85 decibels have potential to cause permanent hearing loss, the assodation warns, whether ifs a single loud blast or pro- longed e~. Fireworks three feet away can produce 150 decibels or greater, with firearms or a jet engine coming in at compara- ble levels and the maximum for ~me personal listening devices at 110 decibels, the associition says. Intense, brief noises such as a firecracker or explosion can damage hair cells, or sen- sory receptors, in the inner ear. Once hair cells are damaged, there's no treatment to repair them. "One loud, intense noise can cause damage, and that damage is permanent" said Dr. Christopher Spankovich, a UMMC audiologist and associ- ate professor of otolaryngology and communicative sciences. "But prevention is key. We can reduce risk by limiting expo- sure to loud sounds, maintain- ing safe distances, and using hearing protection devices." Close exposure to noise caused by fireworks can be simi- lar to a gun ~ near someone's ears, he said. WChen you're shooting a gun, it can be a brief exposure - three mil- liseconds - but very intense" Spankovich said. '~k single expo- sure carl cause daIThg~." The potential for hearing damage often is overlooked, however, by parents whose worries are f~x~d on keeping their children's hands, face and head safe from fireworks-in- duced burns. Fireworks users of all ages should create a space of at least four meters between them and the explosive de- vices, and they should always use hearing protection such as earplugs or sound-blocking ear- muffs, Spankovich said. '~ firework can generate a lot of noise" said Dr. Mark Reed, professor of otelaryngol- ogy and pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Oto- laryngology. '~knd, you can have a double whammy. If it's dose enough to cause hearing loss, it's probably going to give you a burn" In his field, Spankovich said, %ve see a lot of young people with evidence of hearing loss" A cross-section study found that 16 percent of U.S. children, or about five million, are in that group. 'The louder a sound is, the shorter the duration that you can safely be exposed to it," he said. Hearing loss for all people can be subtle and cumulative, he said. He encourages parents to talk to their children about how hearing loss occurs and its consequences in a society where many hunt and use per- sonal listening devices to enjoy music on the go. Hearing protection devices, when used correctly, can help block out dangerous sounds but still allow the wearer to enjoy fireworks, concerts and hunting, Spankovich said. Foam earplugs should be in- sorted deeply enough into the ear canal so that they can ex- pand, blocking out the most harmful noise. '~By far, one of the most com- mon recreatiorml reasons to wear earplugs is when you are shooting firearms" Reed said. '~If one is n'ght-handed, you would typically shoot a rifle off your right shoulder, and that usually puts your lett ear at risk. We always ask people who are rigi~t-handed and have left, ear hearing loss if they shoot a lot of guns" '~mple don't like to wear earplugs to sporting events or concerts because they want to be part of the experience" Spankovich said. ' But there are musicians' earplugs that are commercially available that have a slightly lower noise reduction than traditional hearing protection, and a fil- ter that better mimics natural hearing so music sounds like it should" When adults and children are exposed to loud sounds, they can have diminished understanding of speech and sound, such as difficulty fol- lowing a conversation because of high-frequency hearing loss. 'There can be loss of clarity and understanding," Spankovich said. They can also start having fining, buzzing or humming in their ears caused by no ex- ternal source, called finnitus. "It can be annoying, and it can be 24/7" Spankovich said. In childrer~ it can affect academic performance because sounds are muffled or simply not heard. Audiologists can offer coun- seling and devices that can help a person cope with hear- ing loss, Spankovich said. '’But, ' we can't regrow the neural fi- bers of the auditory system"he said. Audiologists are trying to shi~ attitudes about noise and raise awareness that people can unwittingly suffer perma- nent hearing loss, Spankovich said. 24 HOUR SERVICES AVAILABLE ATM'S " Express Phone Banking ° Online Banking Mobile Banking- Open your own branch today! ': .... ,:iN::BUSINESS SINCE ]952: CONCORDIA METAL INC. OPEN MONDAY - FRIDAY 7:30 A.M.. 4:30 P.M. 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